Good News of Jesus Christ
There are a number of ways to explain the gospel or “good news,” of Jesus Christ. One way is by means of four Scripture passages from the New Testament Book of Romans, which have often been called “The Romans Road.”
These Scriptures answer the question, which Jesus was asked: “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Accept what God says about us:
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. - Romans 3:23
Everyone has sinned against God, and fails to live for God. We all fall short, or “miss the mark,” of what is right before God. We are unworthy people.
Accept the consequences of sin:
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.-Romans 6:23
Our sin has separated us from God, which is spiritual death, and will prevent us from being with God in heaven forever. Instead, we would suffer eternal death as payment for the bad things we have done. Eternal life is God's free gift to us through the death of Jesus as a sacrifice for all people.
Accept God's love in Jesus:
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. -Romans 5:8
Thankfully, God loves us! And he has shown us his love. Jesus died on the cross in order to save us from the punishment we should receive. His death on the cross was a sacrifice that replaces the punishment of everyone who is willing to accept his gift.
Put your trust in Jesus for eternal life:
That if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.-Romans 10:9,10
We all want eternal life. But it is not automatic! What we must do to accept God's free gift to us is (1) admit in our hearts that we fail and cannot make it into heaven without his help, and (2) trust entirely in Jesus, confessing him as your risen Lord. Once we have done this, we are saved forever, we will experience his love, and we will see God's full glory.
If you have questions about this or want to know more, please call Fair Lawn Bible Church at 201-797-0242 or e-mail Pastor Marc